Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve

Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve

(0.75l, 43%)

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Of Swords, paper, and Whisky.

James Sword & Son Ltd. goes way back to 1810, when the Glasgow company first ventured into the Whisky business. Specializing in aging, blending, and bottling, they once owned one of the largest cellars in town right by the River Clyde. It must have been a thing to behold, filled to the brim with bottles ready to be loaded onto ships and sent into the hands of Whisky lovers across the globe. The Bank Note brand came to be during the rise of blended Whisky in the 19th century, when James Sword figured he'd put his giant treasure trove of malt & grain hooch to good use.

Fast forward a good century and a half later and the Bank Note brand is alive and kicking again. This time in partnership with Pacific Edge, under the watchful eye of the descendants of the Walkers and Morrisons, two proper Whisky families. It's nice to see a juice with a pedigree in good, capable hands. It's even nicer to see it in your own, especially with a serious blend like this one ― it has some of that smoky Islay goodness, as well as a touch of Speyside sweetness, some Lowland Grain, and Highland Malt. The 5+ years spent in American oak made sure it's well rested and raring to go. 
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  • Style
    Blended Scotch Whisky
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  • Distillery
    A.D. Rattray
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color

Nose / Aroma / Smell
It's a delicately balanced profile of smoke, fruit, and spice. The Islay smoke shines over vanilla, toffee, jam, and ginger notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The complex palate leads with smoky notes that give way to fruity apple and dark chocolate. A nice and spicy peppery kick balances it all perfectly.

Finishes long with the smoky notes joined by a nice nuttiness and spice, with just the right amount of heat. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Very good evening Dram. The peat is not too much and is very pleasant and not overwhelming. I will purchase this Whiskey again.
The hints of peat and the surprising chocolate notes early, plus the satisfying finish make this whisky an excellent introduction for anyone reluctant to take the peat-plunge. Add a couple of drops of water to open this one up.
Chocolate notes are up front and strong! What a weird yet amazing flavor. Way smoother than you would think from a five year, must be the blends. Worth more than 30$ but please don’t tell them!!!
I didn’t like it at first. Seemed too peaty. But over time as I Learned to take my time with it I began to enjoy it more and more.
Strong, smooth blend tastes like a single malt. Love the hints of peat.
I don’t taste the chocolate. Fairly smooth finish, especially for the price point. Could use a little more smoke.
Good, not great, but an excellent value for the price. Peat-forward first on the palette, then notes or caramel and cinnamon.
I would love this whisky if it didn’t say “peated” not nearly smoky enough to have it on the label. If you’re looking for a decent blend, go for it. If you want peat, look elsewhere.
Loved it. Has some strong notes. Worth every cent. Not everything good has to cost an arm and leg.
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